The Enfield Poets are celebrating 20 years of supporting poets and poetrey in Enfield with a 20th Anniversary Literary Festival. on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th April 2020 at the Dugdale Centre, 39 London Road, Enfield EN2 6DS
In celebration of their 20th Anniversary the Enfield Poets present a whole weekend of readings, workshops, Talks and Exhibitions celebrating the richness of Poetry and Literature in our lives. There are free events and ticketed events. For ticketted events follow the BOOK HERE links under each event which takes you to the sales page.
Here's the complete list of what is happening.
Saturday 25th April 2020
“Londinium” a Poetry Exhibition in 40 languages by Anthony Fisher together with Voice Portraits by Giovanna Iorio.
Opening Ceremony byH.M. King Henry VIII (special appearance for one day only)
Poetry reading by former Enfield residents King Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, James I, and Sir Walter Raleigh.
Writing for Wellbeing inspired by Nature
Enfield doctor, writer and creative writing for wellbeing facilitator, Roshni Beeharry, will guide you through two exercises using the stimulus of our local Park and some examples of well-known Nature poetry, to engage your senses, to create poetry and prose.
Mary Duggan performs her Tale of the Kitchen Maid, as performed at the centenary celebrations in London in 2018. Followed immediately by Women Poets of the First World War, poems by women about women’s experiences. First performed in 2018 to celebrate both the end of the WWI and some women getting the vote.
Writing Memoir Workshop with Anna Meryt
This is a workshop for those who’ve got a story to tell – from your life or as Maya Angelou says, “There’s no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” We’ll look at creative non-fiction as well as fiction writing – many topics cover either. Anna will pose questions and get you writing short exercises.
12pm - 2pm
Poem-a-thon in the Foyer
Writing the Climate Crisis with Julian Bishop
How are poets responding to the climate emergency? How are they formulating responses without coming across as preachy or self-righteous? We will be reading and discussing some of the best poetry being written today and doing some writing exercises to see if we can adapt their ideas in our own work.
Writing for Wellbeing: Inspired by Art
Roshni Beeharry will provide postcard prompts as stimuli for prose or poetry, known as Ekphrastic writing. A way of exploring a piece of art that captures you but can also be a way of looking at situations or the world from a different viewpoint, and of potentially building empathy for others. We will use our imagination to place ourselves in the place of the subject (human/animal/other), to create poetry or prose of their hypothetical viewpoint of the world. Postcards provided but feel free to bring any images you wish.
Anyone over 12.
Women Poets of the Second World War.
In honour of the 75th Anniversary of V.E. Day, Poems by women about women’s experiences in the Second World War.
Where Word Meets Art with Mary Duggan.
Great family fun for any age – big people and little ones! Roll up your sleeves and make a collage! Surprise yourself at the fun and what turns out! Paste and create a wonderful piece of Word-Art! Yours to take home!
All ages welcome!
FREE EVENT but non-obligatory small donations towards materials helpful.
Charles Lamb and his life in Enfield
A short talk by local history guide and speaker, Joe Studman. Charles’s sister, Mary, was periodically confined in an asylum in Edmonton while he lived in lodgings in Enfield. Talk followed by “The Lambs Tale” a film featuring large puppets telling their tragic story.
AN EVENING WITH RUTH PADEL
The Poetry Competition Adjudication followed by a reading of her own poetry.
Sunday April 26th, 2020
Enfield Poets are delighted to welcome the Poet Laureate who will be giving a reading of his new work “Sandettie Light Vessel Automatic” followed by Questions and Answers.
Simon Armitage book signing in the Foyer.
FIVE FABULOUS POETS
To finish off the Festival in style, we proudly present: MAGGIE BUTT, MARTYN CRUCEFIX, MIMI KHALVATI, CHERYL MOSKOWITZ AND MARIO PETRUCCI. A rare chance to see five such talented poets together.
Tickets: £8/£5 concessions